Printing Hate, Confederate Time Capsules, OBS Studio, more: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, December 28, 2021


Southern Maryland News: Howard Center’s new database expands the scope of ‘Printing Hate’ series. “In 1887, a white-owned Kansas newspaper expressed disappointment that townspeople had not immediately lynched Richard Wood, a Black man, instead of letting authorities take him to jail…. When a lynch mob later broke into the jail and hanged Wood, the paper concluded: ‘a negro demon has met a just doom.’ Both newspapers — Mississippi’s Okolona Messenger and Kansas’ Leavenworth Times — are still published today. These examples of deeply harmful coverage of racial terror lynchings are included in a new database created for the University of Maryland Howard Center for Investigative Journalism’s ‘Printing Hate’ series.”


CBS News: Crews find second potential time capsule at Virginia’s Robert E. Lee statue site. “Crews wrapping up the removal Monday of a giant pedestal that once held a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond found what appeared to be a second and long-sought-after time capsule, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said.” The second capsule will be opened at 1pm today (Tuesday).


Make Tech Easier: How to Use OBS to Stream on Twitch, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube Gaming. “Do you want to know how your favorite streamers are coming up with high-quality streams using software like OBS? In this article, you’ll learn the basics of setting up your Twitch, Facebook Gaming, or YouTube Gaming live stream using Open Broadcaster Software or OBS Studio.”

MakeUseOf: How to Easily Create Cool Videos on Windows With Microsoft’s Clipchamp. “Videos are perhaps the most popular choice of media for almost everything today. You can find them in social media posts, on YouTube, in promos, and they’re even used for winning over clients. And though creating professional-looking videos might seem complex to you, it’s a breeze with an easy video editor like Clipchamp. Microsoft recently acquired the popular Clipchamp video editor, and it’s now available as a desktop app on the Microsoft Store on your Windows 10 or 11 PC. So let’s explore how we can easily create cool videos with Clipchamp.”


British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: Three crowdsourcing opportunities with the British Library. “Digital Curator Dr Mia Ridge writes, In case you need a break from whatever combination of weather, people and news is around you, here are some ways you can entertain yourself (or the kids!) while helping make collections of the British Library more findable, or help researchers understand our past. You might even learn something or make new discoveries along the way!”

CNET: Smart glasses could arrive in 2022, but will still need a lot of work. “A whole new wave of connected glasses could be coming next year. Will any of them figure out how to stay on my face?”

New York Times: The 2021 Good Tech Awards. “Every December, partly to cheer myself up after a year of covering tech’s scandals and shortfalls, I use this column to lift up a handful of tech projects that improved the world during the year. My criteria are somewhat loose and arbitrary, but I look for the kinds of worthy, altruistic projects that apply technology to big, societal problems, and that don’t get much attention from the tech press, like start-ups that are using artificial intelligence to fight wildfires, or food-delivery programs for the needy.”


San Francisco Chronicle: Ninth Circuit upholds $13M settlement in Google Street View privacy case. “Google can pay $13 million to privacy-rights groups to settle a suit over its former use of ‘Street View’ vehicles to collect private computer information, including emails and passwords, from homes around the world, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.”

MarketWatch: Google enters 2022 battling antitrust actions on multiple fronts — with more likely to come. “A rumored Justice Department lawsuit targeting Google’s digital advertising practices tops its list of regulatory headaches heading into the new year…. Google already faces an antitrust case from a group of 36 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia that asserts the company’s mobile app store abuses its market power and forces aggressive terms on software developers. A Utah-led lawsuit targets Google’s Play app store. Those cases are set for trial in 2023 or later.”


NBC News: Racial pay gaps are an issue in every industry. Nowhere is it worse than in influencer marketing, a new study says.. “The study found that the pay gap between white influencers and influencers who are Black, Indigenous or other people of color is 29 percent. When the research focused specifically on white and Black influencers, the margin widened to 35 percent. About 77 percent of Black influencers fall into the ‘nano’ or ‘micro’ influencers category because their followings are less than 50,000, the study said. About 59 percent of white influencers fall into that category.”

The Guardian: Social media is a bad feelings machine. Why can’t we just turn it off for good?. “I write this as someone who owes her career and her partner to social media. I had no journalism qualifications, connections or experience when I began blogging in the mid-2010s, and through Twitter I was able to get a paid internship that gave me my start in journalism. My boyfriend and I connected through Instagram after years of liking each other’s posts. So much of my personal, and professional happiness has been made possible through social media. But as time has gone on I have become more and more certain that the solution to many of the most pressing issues of our time is simply to switch social media off.”


Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg Dedicates Nation’s First-Ever 3D Printed Habitat Home to Williamsburg Family. “The three-bedroom home with two full baths is the first-ever completed 3D printed Habitat house in the nation, and the gallery in attendance on the first day of winter in a Williamsburg subdivision reflected the culmination of the community partnerships that made it happen.” Good morning, Internet…

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